Rock Icon Finishing School (RIFS) – Geology
Excerpted from our book On the Meaning of Adam Lambert
Geology (Prof. N. Spirit). The first half of the course will explore, in intimate detail, the nature and catastrophic effect of Plinian eruptions, characterized by the massive and continuous spewing of large amounts of ejecta into the stratosphere. The second half of the course will focus on plate tectonics, the shifting and grinding of crustal plates and the volcanoes that form along the world’s greatest subduction zone, the Pacific’s Ring of Fire. Students will master the self-exciting dynamo hypothesis of terrestrial magnetism, which explains the wanderings and occasional reversals of the magnetic poles. Extra credit: Hands-on exploration of caves and other secret passages. Bonus points for finding the magnetic pole.
Professor Northern Spirit hails from northern latitudes where she obtained two degrees in the geological sciences. She has extensive hands-on experience teaching undergraduate laboratory classes and has participated in numerous field trips to volcanic hotspots along the Pacific’s Ring of Fire, transform fault zones in California, overthrust regions in Canada’s Rocky Mountains, and other exotic locales in the world. Her most popular field trips are those related to the study of terroir in Napa and Sonoma valleys. Away from the classroom Professor Spirit spends quiet time exploring the wonders and intricacies of origami architecture, gently coaxing delicate and hidden forms from Japanese paper. But it is billiards that most captures the fascination of Professor Spirit, allowing her to apply her fine knowledge of Newtonian physics to the interaction of hard spherical bodies on a frictional surface. Endless hours are spent studying the effects of a striking cue shaft against the cue ball and the interplay of the squirt angle with the amount of juice.
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